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438 King’s Rd
London SW10 0LJ
Opening Hours: All days 12:00 – 10:30pm

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We went to Medlar Restaurant on my trip to London in February, on the back of some very strong recommendations by friends and family. Like any careful diner, I googled the restaurant just to be sure. Now, most of the time I use Jay Rayner of the Guardian as my touchstone for all things food related. This is not even to mention that I am insanely envious of what he does for a living, that I covet his job, and I aspire to write as well as he does. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had his tongue insured for its weight in platinum – the man has a palate as finely tuned as his wit is sharp.

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Jay is normally a rather morose sort of person (watch this wonderful video of him introducing his new audiobook The Man Who Ate the World), but for Medlar he breaks with his usual dourness and has said some uncharacteristically bubbly things about the place.

The starter of crab raviolo, brown shrimps and samphire in bisque sauce was pure culinary brilliance. I think my brain went into a gustatory meltdown on first bite and I find myself at a loss to describe that wondrous glop of flavour that I vaguely remember sliding down my throat. A few words come to mind which I shall struggle to wrangle into a sentence: fishy; smokey; smooth; creamy; rich. Now, imagine a combination of those flavours and textures being conveyed to every corner and cavity of the inside of one’s mouth, and then picture yourself chewing happily on a nice fat Italian dumpling, with every bite releasing a gurgling gush of crab utterly saturated in that really agreeable seafood cream. That’s a happy thought, isn’t it?

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The other starter of scallop sashimi was a more zen-like affair, dipped in a ponzu dressing and topped with delicate oyster tempuras. It wasn’t so much explosions of rich seafood bliss as it was lullaby of soft supple sensations.

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The mains were classic French – generous servings of venison and cod complemented with plenty of carbo and greens, an approach that Joe Merce Nairne, part-owner of the restaurant, took with him from his days at Chez Bruce, another favourite eating place of ours (review to follow shortly!) All the meats were done to perfection, but here there was an indication that Medlar still has some way to go to match the innovation coming out from more bemedalled competitors like the Ledbury, which has become our gold standard to British fine-dining.

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Desserts were enjoyable. A soft passionfruit cheesecake with a pineapple slice on the side was a safe way to end, but which lacked the oomph to close the meal in as brilliant a fashion as it had started. But hey, I like my cheesecakes, so I was happy enough to snarf it all down. The passionfruit ice-cream topped with a blackberry compote and mini meringues was largely the same sort of thing.

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Medlar does not have a full degustation menu, which has allowed the kitchen to focus on churning out a rockingly consistent a la carte at an affordable price. The restaurant hasn’t gotten its Michelin star yet, but we suspect that if it follows the same sort of trajectory as Chez Bruce, that will just be a matter of time. The 3 course menu stays the same but the price changes depending on when you visit (from £26 for weekday lunches to £45 for dinners), so based on what we have had, this would easily be one of the most value-for-money set lunches in London at the moment.

Hup Lee Cafeteria
#01-35
Arcade Shopping Centre
Raffles Place 

Sliced fish soup is the food of corporate champions in Singapore: It is tasty, high in nutrients, and easy to take away on a busy desk-bound day. The sliced fish soup stall at the back of the Arcade Shopping Centre is popular with the white-collar crowd working around Raffles Place. The fish is prepared just before they open shop at 10:30am and turnover is incredibly fast, so there is hardly any time for it to sit around and grow soggy.

I visited early on a Monday morning to catch the food at its freshest. The soup was extremely good, fortified with chunks of salted vegetables and a slice of tomato for added tartness.

The fried fish slices ($4.50 for a basic bowl) simply stole the show. Whereas other hawkers may use the batter to cover up the mediocrity of their fish or to act as a bulking agent, the meat here was firm and fresh and the flour well-seasoned and surprisingly crunchy. We’ve travelled far and wide for good fish soup, and Arcade’s is heads and shoulders above what we’ve had before.

The notion that special food can only be found in out-of-the-way places is misguided and is wont for changing. Food in the CBD tends to be overlooked because of the location’s sheer prosaicness, but if one cares to look, there are dozens of hawker stalls tucked into the numerous food centres in town that are so deserving of being catalogued and re-discovered.

8 Pollen Street
London W1S 1NQ
United Kingdom
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus

While we were in London last month, we visited Pollen Street Social to celebrate our anniversary. Pollen Street Social is owned by Jason Atherton, a pupil of El Bulli’s Ferran Adria and an ex-Ramsay protege. Pollen Street Social has been making the rounds since opening its doors in 2011. It was awarded its first Michelin star in the 2012 Michelin Guide and was also named London’s best new fine dining restaurant in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2011. Outside of the UK, Jason has also had a busy year, opening up Pollen, Esquina Tapas Bar and Keong Saik Snacks in Singapore.

We visited for lunch, and as first impressions go, it made a pretty good one. Despite its proximity to bustling busy Regents Street, Pollen Street exudes an unhurried, laid-back vibe quite uncommon to central London. The restaurant shares this oasis of urban serenity with several independent, franchise-eschewing cafes.

Like its esoteric neighbours, Pollen Street Social’s philosophy to food is an inclusive one. As with any Michelin-starred outlet, strict standards are observed, but the restaurant stays close to its social ethos by striving to keeping prices sensible. Jason Atherton’s new cookbook: Gourmet Food for a Fiver is an extension of this philosophy, and is chock-full of recipes for people living on a shoestring budget.

The restaurant interior is relatively large and was awash with natural lunch-time light. There was space enough for two bars:  a reception-cum-cocktail bar up front and its signature dessert bar at the back of the main dining area and overlooking the kitchen. Service was warm and attentive, and we liked how staff had room to show off their personalities. The sommelier noticed us toting cameras and asked if we wanted to take some shots in the kitchen, which was really nice of her!

Truffled hen’s egg, London cured salmon, smoked salmon & watercress soup

The dining experience at Pollen Street Social was an enjoyable one, but the food was a mixed bag. We had the set lunch (£24/2 courses, £27/3 courses) and the main of lamb from the ala-carte. The meal started with a truffled hen’s egg and cured salmon in a watercress soup, topped off with a dollop of creme fraiche. It wasn’t an attractive plate of food. Salmon-pink and water-cress green have never been the best companions in terms of colour. The dish tasted like the way it looked – an unappetising salty-creamy-slimy mulch that didn’t go anywhere.

18-hour braised Angus feather blade, baked celeriac, marrow crumbs

The Angus feather-blade tasted woefully normal. The 18 hours of braising gave the meat a good texture but the flavour in the beef was simply lacking. The dish also looked like it had been hurriedly put together, consisting of a formless piece of celeriac, and a glop of fast-separating jus that pooled around unceremoniously on the plate, and garnished with a sad-looking unidentified green object.

Rack of salt marsh lamb, braised shoulder, creamed spiced aubergine, savoury & black olive reduction

Our visit wasn’t a complete gastronomic disaster. In dramatic contrast to our tragically off-target set lunch was the salt marsh lamb rack ala-carte (£27.50), served with a subtly balanced black olive reduction and a gorgeous cumin paste, a reminder of Beijing’s ubiquitous lamb skewers (chuanr) that we once nursed as our artery-choking guilty pleasure. The black olive and cumin blended with the natural fattiness of the lamb chop to deliver savoury redemption upon our taste-buds.

Selection of sorbets & ice-creams

We then adjourned to the dessert bar for our final course. We were attended to by a trio of dessert chefs, working with manifest purpose but with wits enough to welcome and have a short chat with us. Pre-desserts included a scoop of passionfruit and blackberry sorbets (pictured above), and nitrogen-frozen strawberry panna cotta with matcha powder.

Nitrogen Frozen Strawberry panna cotta with matcha powder.

The panna cotta was was an interesting and not unpleasant marriage of sweet-and-sour-and-bitter, with the frozen strawberry and matcha playing games on our taste buds. So far, so promising.

Autumn Kent apples slow cooked in London stout beer caramel, stout sabayon, vanilla ice cream

The set lunch’s slow-cooked Kent apple in beer stout packed a good boozy punch, and the vanilla ice cream and sugared pastry crisps prevented the beer from becoming altogether overwhelming. The ala-carte mango dessert presents mango done three ways, in different textures and in a variety of chemical states: solid, liquid and gas via aeration. We found the freeze-dried mango powder quite fun to eat. The trick is to coat it around the yoghurt and the pudding, let the powder stick to the roof of your mouth and then lick the fast-melting remnants off for added kick. It’s like having fun fair candyfloss, just cooler and mango-flavoured.

Asian mango pudding, mango sorbet aerated yoghurt, freeze dried mango

Fastest fingers first

Now, we have to say that the food at Pollen Street Social was not the best we’ve had. The ala-carte was fine but the set lunch was a let down. However, the restaurant deserves notable mention from us for its down-to-earth service and general lack of pretentiousness. We enjoyed our time there and we’re sure you would too. But if you’re going for lunch, please consider getting the ala-carte instead.

102 Old Street
London EC1V 9AY
Tel: 020 7490 0200

If you’re in London and craving for some home cooked goodness, make a trip to Sedap, a little eating house situated close to Old Street station (Exit 6). It is owned by the Yeoh family who used to run the Princess Terrace Cafe at Copthorne Kings hotel in Singapore. Sedap serves up classic Peranakan Malaysian fare which includes Nasi Goreng, Blachan Chicken and Nonya Kuehs.

We paid Sedap a visit yesterday, and these were some of the dishes we enjoyed for lunch. Also consider trying the char kway teow and the SIngapore laksa. It’s about as authentic as you can get on this side of the world.

Seafood Kway Teow Soup

Malaysian Fried Rice

Blachan Chicken

Diner en Blanc has been getting all sorts of coverage in the news recently, so we aren’t going to talk much about what it’s all about. The event was held outside the ArtScience museum at Marina Bay Sands, which made for some really nice pictures! We’ll leave you with some we took that night. Maybe we can convince you to go for the event next year 🙂

A word of advice for the men: get your white pants early to avoid unnecessary panic.

5 Purvis Street #01-04
Tel: +65 6333 3121

Angel Hair Pasta with Sakura Ebi

French food anywhere hardly comes cheap. Considering the number of processes involved in making even some of its classic dishes, the price might even be justified. However, the two proprietor-chefs at Saveur Restaurant may have stumbled upon a happy solution to French dining’s price-quality dilemma. Following their move from a humble hawker stall along East Coast Road to their current premises at Purvis Street, Saveur has thrown down the gauntlet and (to quote Monty Python) now shake its fist in the general direction of fancier/pricier establishments like Garibaldi (No. 35) and Gunther’s (No. 36) down the road. Saveur is budget French dining at its most optimal.

Pan-fried foie gras with lentils and pickled onions, available in 35g and 70g lobes

Confit of Duck, Orange segments, Sautéed Shitake

The menu is simple to navigate, and not so fancy as to overwhelm. We strongly recommend the bestsellers: pan-fried foie gras with lentils and pickled onions ($7.50-$13), the angel hair pasta with sherry minced pork and sakura shrimp ($3.90), and confit of duck with orange segments and sautéed shittake ($8.80). We also had their premium offering of pan-fried monkfish ($23.90). The food was faultlessly prepared and tasty to boot, which really makes us wonder why it is that other restaurants still manage to murder their food at thrice the price!

Pan-Fried Monkfish

9 Penang Road
Park Mall #01-01
Tel: +65 6338 8611
http://kith.com.sg/
Kith café did well by opening its second outlet at Park Mall, a niche mall known more for its expensive furniture shops and lack of patrons. Yet, it’s precisely because of its slow-n’sleepy character that makes it suitable for an indie joint like Kith – far enough from the manic bustle of Orchard Road but still a convenient 2-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Kith’s coffee came highly recommended by friends, so I dragged Hweifen along for a coffee and lunch.

We started with a macchiato and latte. Now, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a coffee person, so I was happy to defer to the judgment of my better-informed counterpart. She proclaimed in her characteristic manner that the coffee was “mehh”, which I translated meant “good, but I’ve tasted better”. She also noted that the macchiato was smaller than she thought it would be. On my part, I was glad the waitress didn’t give me a dirty look when I asked for sugar with the latte.

Because we were also hungry, we had the tenderloin spaghetti ($19) and big breakfast ($15.50). The spaghetti itself tasted fine, tomato-tangy with the beef adding a smoky hint. However the treatment of the tenderloin was shameful. The meat is just too delicate for stir-frying. The lack of fat means it dries up quickly when subject to high heat – which was exactly what happened. A better choice would be to use sirloin or ribeye, do it on a griddle as a large chunk and then slice them medium rare into the spaghetti.

The big breakfast was customizable, but I picked the wrong combination by choosing the poached eggs and brioche toast. The brioche with added butter and jam was particularly nasty. Go for a sandwich-able combination – ciabatta/focaccia with eggs done scrambled/sunny-side-up. Nit-picking about the steak aside, Kith was decent for food. What made the place nice was how chill (what an indie word!) the place felt. The premises suffered from no lack of natural light and there was plenty of seating in the canopied alfresco area outside. Plus, the waiting staff was really polite (“certainly, sir, any drinks to complement your mains?”). No brusque, dour service here, sir. At Kith, we teach our people their proper Ps and Qs, mind you. That really made my day.

S8-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Road,
三里屯19号院, 南区三层S8-30
Beijing, China

Other outlet: 2\F, Heqiao Building, Bldg C, A8 Guanghua Donglu
光华东路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层

We strive to be as objective as we can about our food, so we really do mean it when we say that Hatsune in Beijing is possibly our favourite restaurant in the world right now. We first dined at Hatsune in 2010, when we visited Beijing enroute to the Shanghai Expo, and going back this time round was a bit like making a pilgrimage to Japanese-fusion Mecca.

Chopsticks to brighten up your meal

To describe it simply, Hatsune is a Japanese-fusion restaurant that serves new and gastronomically exciting rolls. They have the usual selection of Japanese-y food like sashimi, tempura, and donburi sets to give off the impression that you really are eating in a Japanese restaurant. When we talk about the rolls however, it behooves us to reject the traditional frame of reference of assessing Japanese food and move towards a new rubric. Japanese cuisine is conservative, perfectionist and traditional; Hatsune rolls are creative, decadent and use far too much mayonnaise for your dietician’s liking. They still taste pretty darn good, and have become our world-standard of how similar rolls should taste.

Rainbow Roll

We went to Hatsune twice last week, just so we could try as many rolls as we could before leaving. Try the AMA, Crunch-a-Bunch and Alex-foie rolls. The Alex foie rolls (Glen’s runaway favourite) combines sweet unagi sauce, tempura prawn and a generous slathering of foie-gras in an explosion of creamy, buttery, gout-inducing flavour. The Crunch-a-Bunch (Gloria’s favourite) was subtler with its generous sprinkling of scallions, a crunchier texture and a less over-the-top mayonnaise dressing.

The appropriately named Pimp-my-Roll – with everything in it!

Crunch a Bunch – with a generous sprinkling of crunch scallions

AMA Rollnot sure why it is thusly named… spicy and creamy

Alex Foie Roll – Tempura Prawns and Foie Gras pate make good bedfellows

To wash it down, try the seafood and mushroom tea-soup.

1 Fifth Avenue
#01-01 Guthrie House 
Tel: +65 6468 3656

Chu, Xue and I have been going to Venezia at Guthrie since we were fifteen. Waffles & a single scoop of ice-cream used to cost $3.80, but no thanks to inflation, the price has doubled. I love my waffles with Tartufo or Gianduia  (almost like hazelnut, but not quite).  Glen tried it with salted caramel last week and they tasted like pancakes! Both our families have grown to love this cosy corner and we’ll head down whenever the dessert compartment in our bellies scream for some ice-cream loving. If you are driving along Bukit Timah Road, be sure to drop by! It’s addictive, and you’ll be back for more.

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Tel: +65 6877 8188

Chinese restaurants in Singapore have always suffered a deficit in public image. It used to be that you couldn’t get a young person to step into one outside of a family wedding or their grandparents’ birthday dinner. Thankfully, the scene has received a boost with trendier debutants like Paradise Dynasty and Jing entering the market.

Add Jade to the list. Fullerton’s Chinese banner-bearer serves up attractive Oriental food in the spacious confines of the hotel’s high-ceilinged ground floor annexes. We wouldn’t go so far as to call the menu ‘fusion’, but might venture to say that it is classic Hong Kong and Shanghai cuisine updated to suit a younger palate.

If uninitiated in the complexities of the Chinese a la carte menu, or so as to avoid an inexplicable seafood bomb in your final bill, there is an extensive selection of prix-fixe sets available, from $58++ to $288++. Increments on the lower end are very considerate to diners on a budget ($58, $68, $78, $88++), so one can hardly complain of a lack of options to choose from.

As a Chinese restaurant, Jade really is the whole package. A spacious dining room, no lack of elbow space and confidently prepared food all made for a lovely night out.

1 Bonham Street
#01-20, UOB Plaza 2

It was Gloria’s idea to bring me to the Salad Shop in town yesterday. I’m not a rabid carnivore but I did have some reservations about having salad for lunch. Turns out my scepticism was misplaced. The funky serviettes at the restaurant sums up the Salad Shop’s philosophy aptly – it is a veritable oasis for the health-conscious office worker and offers an alternative to the typical hawker fare ubiquitous to the CBD.

The Salad Shop has a very impressive selection of feeds available. For the recalcitrant carnivore, the Prime Feeds provide a respite with a variety of meats and fish to go with the salads. Lest you feel overwhelmed by the sheer variety available, you could try what we had.

Glen (Elephant Size:  6 mains + 2 supplementary feeds + 1 prime feed S$12)
Base – Mixed Lettuce
Main feeds – Roasted Pumpkin, Croutons, Sunflower Seeds, Tomato, Feta Cheese, Mushroom
Supplementary feeds – Grilled eggplant, Avocado
Prime feeds – Smoked Salmon
Home made dressing – Mint Yoghurt

Gloria (Zebra Size:  6 mains + 2 supplementary feeds S$10)
Base – Mixed Lettuce
Main feeds – Carrot, Mushroom, Raisins, Mixed Peppers, Pasta, Baby Potatoes
Supplementary feeds – Poached Chicken, Bacon Bits
Home made dressing – Caesar

32 Maxwell Road
#01-08 Maxwell Chambers
Singapore, 069115

Once Upon a Milkshake was a chance find – We just visited the Red Dot Design Museum along Maxwell Road (just next to the traffic crossing where Sticker Lady displayed her now-removed ‘My Grandfather Road’ road graffiti) when we saw a sign directing us to a funky milkshake place around the corner at Maxwell House.

A&W Ice Cream Float with Cookie and Cream

The place serves a wide variety of snazzily named milkshakes and A&W ice cream floats. There was even a red-velvet cupcake option, but we weren’t sure how a combination of cheese and chocolate in a float would taste exactly. In any case, the ice cream float brought us back to the day when ice creams in creamy soda drinks were every child’s weekend guilty pleasure. Quaffing from double glazed frosted mugs made the drink infinitely more pleasurable. Now that’s a level of dedication we can get behind.

Glen being glen 🙂

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that taste the best. Root beer’s gotta be one of them!

37 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169356
93683610
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00am – 11:00pm
Closed Mondays
https://www.facebook.com/StrangersReunion

Mocha and Cupcake

So, over the weekend, we finally made our way to Strangers’ Reunion to visit Andrew! The name says it all, really. Strangers stumble upon a cafe and bond over their shared love for good coffee. The cafe follows an interesting philosophy on socialisation, eschewing flashy publicity for a simple understated approach. Tucked away in a nondescript row of shophouses near Outram Road, the cafe is recognisable from the outside only by a set of brown, distressed wooden doors. Most of the patrons had heard of the place from someone else or had done a little research before coming in. Regardless,  simple word of mouth is as potent a tool as a good cup of coffee, and the cafe does a brisk business within its cosy confines.

Andrew at the counterAndrew is a wizard in the kitchen. He was Glen’s housemate in London and was nice enough to cook us dinner whenever we were all home. (psst, what would we do without you? :))

Waffles, Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit

Glen and I are big, big, big fans of waffles and ice cream. It was with a connoisseur’s eye that we approached Strangers’ Reunion’s current offering. The batter was tweaked from a traditional Belgian waffles recipe and uses yoghurt as a substitute to milk. the result was a lighter, fluffier dough that crumbles beautifully in the mouth. It also helped that the waffle mold was a thick one, which gives the waffle more volume to wrap one’s voracious tongues around.

Ciabatta, Chicken Tandoori, Apple and Red Cabbage Slaw, Mint and Dill Greek YoghurtWe didn’t try the sandwiches, but Andrew was happy to let us take some photos of the preparation.

Baguette, Roasted Pork, Hoisin Sauce, Sliced Chilli, Spring OnionAny Singaporean worth his salt (and unrestrained by dietary requirements) knows the value and taste of mouth-wateringly good siobak.  The roast pork here is hand-sourced every morning from the owner’s special contacts. We’re dying to have a go at this the next time. (24/07/12 edit: Came back, tried it. Every bit as succulent and melt-in-your-mouth tender as we imagined it to be.)

Cafe Latte in pretty cups and plattersThe owner of the cafe is Ryan Tan, a two-time Singapore Barista Championships winner. When we visited he was off in Austria to better his previous year’s rankings at the World Barista Championships, where he clocked in at 28th position before. (24/06/12 edit: He was 2nd runner-up in the Latte Art Category.) We’re not experts on coffee, but Glen liked the latte enough to declare he was ‘never going to look at a cup of Starbucks in the same way again’. If anything, you can admire the fine latte art, which makes for excellent pictures.

Whiskey Cake

And then there was the dessert. The whiskey cake came well reviewed, and our personal taste test revealed a cake that was generous on chocolate and packed a good boozy punch. The chocolate layer on the top is similar in taste and texture to champagne Royce chocolates, with a fine, even consistency.

Red Velvet CupcakesAccording to Andrew, the cupcakes follow the same recipe as the Hummingbird Bakery’s signature dessert, but some changes in the icing were made. The original uses a diabetes-inducing amount of icing sugar for a hard-tip icing finish whereas the ones above use more cream cheese, for a creamier and less sweet taste. Although no changes were made to the cake base, they tasted lighter and drier than the originals. It’s a matter of preference on how one likes their cupcakes, but we enjoyed these immensely.

& the picture I took of Andrew and Glen!

Regent’s Park
http://www.tastefestivals.com/london/
21 – 24 June 2012

Summer is a nice time to be in London. The sun is out most of the time and the weather warm enough to permit shorts-wearing and outdoor merrymaking. Taste is an in-the-park food festival in Regent’s Park, where some of the best restaurants in the city to get together for a massive food fiesta. For the goggle-eyed public, it’s also an opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs who run their favourite restaurants and learn a culinary thing or two from them under canopied Taste Theatres.

You buy an admission ticket and a coupon book with little slips of paper called Crowns to buy food with. One crown is equivalent to a pound. Each restaurant booth will give you a three-course menu – the appetiser, the main and a dessert. They can cost anything from 5 to 15 pounds.

Here’s just a selection of photographs to share with you during our time there last year!

Say hello to Alexis Gauthier.

He said hello to us too and even took our orders! At his restaurant in Soho, he’s famous/notorious for forbidding any measuring equipment in his kitchen, instructing his under-chefs to ‘taste’ and ‘feel’ the food they are cooking. Here’s a youtube clip of him telling Masterchef amateurs to do that, to hilarious effect.

Fizzy Pims (Gauthier Soho)Pims is a light, alcoholic fruity British summer drink. Goes well with sunny weather and tennis.

Foie Gras and Iberico Pork Burger (Neal’s Yard)This burger was delicious, and the patty was heart-achingly tender. The ducks and pigs that died in the making of this testament to burger nirvana did not do so in vain.

Taste of home – a reminder of our rice-eating roots
Chilli and Coriander, we’ve missed you! It’s a pity that the aforementioned spices aren’t well used in Western cooking.

MojitosLove the shirt.

“That’s £10 a picture, mate!” He was kidding, of course. One thing to note about Taste of London is that it isn’t a cheap day out. Admission tickets are about £20 and we estimated we spent another £40 on food each. Weather was a little bit of an issue that day. The idea of having an outdoor food fair in the park was all fine and dandy, but the drizzle in the morning was enough to turn parts of the fair into dour, muddy patches.

That said, if you have always been curious of the food you can get in London, Taste of London is an alternative way to get a culinary whirlwind tour of the city. It’s not cheap, but will probably work out to the same price as a 3 course lunch at a fine-dining place in Mayfair. For people watchers, it’s the perfect opportunity to spot celebrity faces in the crowd.

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